Performing border in the Aegean on relocating political, economic and social relations

Sarah Green

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This paper explores borders as conceptual entities that are performed. Rather than assume that the meaning of borders (or 'border-ness') holds steady while everything else changes, the paper considers borders as forms of 'performation' in Callon's terms. It also argues that border is always about relations as much as separation, and that, combined with historically shifting theories of border, suggests that border as such cannot be taken for granted in understanding the difference borders make to peoples' lives. The paper considers differences in the way border has been performed in the Aegean in order to explore shifting theories of border in this region. It particularly focuses on the events leading up to the 1923 exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey, and more recent European-led attempts to control illegal migration across the Aegean, in exploring the interplay between border performed as place as opposed to border performed as abstract line. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-278
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cultural Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • Aegean
  • Border-ness
  • Frontex
  • Lausanne treaty
  • Migration


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